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Social data: biases, methodological pitfalls, and ethical boundaries

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dc.contributor.author Olteanu, Alexandra
dc.contributor.author Castillo, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Diaz, Fernando
dc.contributor.author Kıcıman, Emre
dc.date.accessioned 2023-01-17T09:10:16Z
dc.date.available 2023-01-17T09:10:16Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Olteanu A, Castillo C, Diaz F, Kıcıman E. Social data: biases, methodological pitfalls, and ethical boundaries. Front Big Data. 2019 Jul 11;2:13. DOI: 10.3389/fdata.2019.00013
dc.identifier.issn 2624-909X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/55305
dc.description.abstract Social data in digital form—including user-generated content, expressed or implicit relations between people, and behavioral traces—are at the core of popular applications and platforms, driving the research agenda of many researchers. The promises of social data are many, including understanding “what the world thinks” about a social issue, brand, celebrity, or other entity, as well as enabling better decision-making in a variety of fields including public policy, healthcare, and economics. Many academics and practitioners have warned against the naïve usage of social data. There are biases and inaccuracies occurring at the source of the data, but also introduced during processing. There are methodological limitations and pitfalls, as well as ethical boundaries and unexpected consequences that are often overlooked. This paper recognizes the rigor with which these issues are addressed by different researchers varies across a wide range. We identify a variety of menaces in the practices around social data use, and organize them in a framework that helps to identify them.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Frontiers
dc.relation.ispartof Frontiers in Big Data. 2019 Jul 11;2:13
dc.rights © 2019 Olteanu, Castillo, Diaz and Kıcıman. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Social data: biases, methodological pitfalls, and ethical boundaries
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fdata.2019.00013
dc.subject.keyword Biases
dc.subject.keyword Ethics
dc.subject.keyword Evaluation
dc.subject.keyword Social media
dc.subject.keyword User data
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


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